Alibi V.22 No.3 • Jan 17-23, 2013

Hot Dogs in Evening Wear

Street food steps out at Urban Hotdog Company

UHDC opened their doors three months ago in a strip center near Cottonwood Mall. Their approach is to doll up a Nathan’s Famous all-beef frankfurter with everything under the sun—particularly foodie favorites like fancy cheeses, fresh herbs, slaws and sauces.

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Hit Me With Your Learning Stick

It’s 2013. Learn a new skill, create a new talent, water some small seed of knowledge with your tears of discontent and let it grow into a monstrous tree of self-congratulatory bluster. The tree can never be taken from you. Instead of a compulsive chip-eater, become a compulsive chip-eater who knows how to fold an origami frog and drive a semi-truck.

Raise Your Own Chickens

How do you go about turning your yard into a pastoral pecking ground for a handful of chooks? The folks over at the Old School have your back. For the incredibly low price of $7, you can sign up for a one-hour class that will introduce you to all the basics of the urban chicken lifestyle.

Storm Bringer: The Dulcimer from Beyond

How I almost learned to play an instrument without trying very hard

For over five decades I've practiced an intense and, I think, quite reasonable refusal to acknowledge the very existence of dulcimers. Yet dulcimers exist, if only in defiance of my will. Also, Cyndi Lauper plays the dulcimer, and I can do anything Lauper can. Anything.

Hack the High Desert

I’m sure some people still think hackers are internet troll-type losers who spend their days cracking codes, infiltrating databases and basically screwing up the system. Well, those people haven’t been to Quelab. Quelab, for those of you who aren’t in the know, is a local hackerspace right here in Burque. If you’re anything like me, who had no preconceived notions of what a hackerspace would entail (minus watching that terrible Angelina Jolie movie in the ’90s), then you might find yourself pleasantly surprised.

Sew It Goes

Learning to sew again has been on my resolution list for at least five years. Patterns have accumulated, and my browser's DIY sewing project bookmarks have grown unwieldy. After doing a little research, I ended up contacting The Designer's Lounge, whose Facebook page has been a source of inspiration. I messaged co-owner Teresa Romero, and she offered to give me a lesson on the basics. I may have been the most pedal-shy student ever, but Romero's patience and encouragement and her clear demonstrations and descriptions had me anxiously but steadily humming away.

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Top Five Reasons to Get a Flu Shot

We’re about mid-way through flu season here in New Mexico, so it’s not too late to get this year’s vaccination, thereby vastly reducing your chances of “catching a bug” that could, at the very least, set you stumbling back and forth on the trail of tears between your bedroom and bathroom for several days while your significant other spends their free time changing sheets, scrubbing the toilet bowl, and trying to figure out which carpet cleaner is most likely to get the vomit stains out of the rug. At worst, a bad case of the flu could see your loved ones spending their free time making funeral arrangements and fighting over who gets your vinyl records. So why take the risk?

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Rust and Bone

A whale bit my legs off and all I got was sex with a musclebound Belgian

It’s possible the ailments afflicting the French drama Rust and Bone are not the result of anything culturally specific. They could simply be the the sole artistic bias of writer-director Jacques Audiard, with no reflection on his fellow, Sorbonne-educated countrymen. But damned if—in their dark, existential, ennui-riddled self-importance—they don’t feel oh-so-French.

Reel World

The shot-in-New-Mexico drama Warrior Woman by writer-director Julie Reichert will have its debut screening January 19 through 21 at Guild Cinema in Nob Hill. The Student Union Building Theater at UNM fires up its projectors for a full seven-day schedule this semester. New Mexico Women in Film will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Center for Contemporary Arts (1050 Old Pecos Trail) in Santa Fe.

There Can Be Only One

“King of the Nerds” on TBS

TBS’ reality competition “King of the Nerds” isn’t anything television hasn’t seen before. It’s one of those “Survivor”-meets-“The Real World” shows that tosses a bunch of people into a house, gives them some prize money to fight for, then sits back and watches as they bump one another off in their quest to become the last man or woman standing. The show gets major bonus points, however, for going all the way with its concept.

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Music to Your Ears

Get your jazz, alt.country and local solo fix with a little help from Music to Your Ears.

Sonic Reducer

This week, we listened to new releases by Dark Furs, George Barnett and Coyote Clean Up.

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Alibi V.22 No.2 • Jan 10-16, 2013

Zero Dark Thirty

Gripping drama targets the gritty details of warmaking

Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty defies audience expectations with a methodical examination of the patient, painstaking job of intelligence gathering.

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A View from the Street

Several Sundays ago I was bumbling about the downtown breezeway, standing in lines and taking my turn gathering up the freebies offered to the homeless. At the end of one line stood a man I knew only by face and circumstance. He asked a moment of my time. I obliged. He explained he'd listened-in to one of my diatribes and was intrigued. He thought it worthy of print, suggested I write it down and submit it for publication. I blushed under my beard, thanked him for the flattery and said I would think about it.

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Revolutions 13

International Theatre Festival returns with puppets, masks and a giant igloo

When the Revolutions International Theater Festival rolls into town every January, it feels like Santa has come all over again. Only this time, he’s brought inimitable theatrical experiences from countries as far away and diverse as Poland, Mexico, Switzerland, Australia, Italy and more.

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Consider the Travis

Breakfast at Grandma’s K & I Diner

Strangely situated joint gives the feel of a warm and cozy diner straight from the set of “Twin Peaks.”

Boning Up On Stock

Bone stock is neither soup nor broth, but it is the base for both and can be used in the making of nearly any savory dish. An ingredient rather than a finished product, stock doesn’t taste like much on its own. And making it right is a lot more involved than boiling a leftover turkey carcass.

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Reel World

The Kimo Theatre kicks off Hi-Def Hitch film series and Silver Screen Saturdays. The Reel New Mexico Film Series is looking for independent films either with a strong local feel or created by local filmmakers.

First (Modern) Family

“1600 Penn” on NBC

NBC’s midseason replacement sitcom starts off with a stereotypical setup. Seems that chubby loser Skip (Josh Gad from Broadway’s The Book of Mormon) has been kicked out of college after seven unproductive years and is now forced to move back in with his parents. The twist in this tale is contained in the titular address. Yup, Skip’s parents are the president and the first lady of the United States.

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Music to Your Ears

Whether you’re hankering for poppy garage-punk, doomcream R&B, folk or Southern rock, Music to Your Ears has you covered.

505 Listening Party

Local Spin fuses past and present sound

The Alibi meditates on the sounds of enchantment and chats with scene stalwart Ken Cornell about his hyper-local listening party.

Sonic Reducer

This week, we listened to new releases by Holly Herndon, Jewels of the Nile and Broadcast.

Alibi V.22 No.1 • Jan 3-9, 2013

Backstreet Bistro

Hide from the world at Antiquity

Classy, yet unmistakably Albuquerque, this backstreet bistro transports eaters to a new world with French classics and South American delicacies.

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Paseño Nostalgia Grips Burque

Chinese Love Beads’ 17-year reunion hits home

The dream of the ’90s is alive in Burque, as Chinese Love Beads reunite at Captain America’s fifth Garage & Wax Night.

This Month in Music

Belated November edition

Author and music fanatic Mike Smith delivers the first installment of his live music column.

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Hyde Park on Hudson

Whimsically dramatic biopic of FDR asks, “Who’s porking the prez?”

Who among us isn’t intrigued by the prospect of a juicy, between-the-sheets look at the scandal-worthy love life of our 32nd president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt? If you said, “Ick. I don’t want to see that, and I can’t imagine anyone who would,” then you are not among the cast and crew of Hyde Park on Hudson.

Reel World

The Historic KiMo Theatre screens the unprecedented 15-part documentary series “The Story of Film: An Odyssey.” The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Public Library cracks the spine on another Books to Big Screen film series with Wise Blood.

Same Town, Different Location

“Cougar Town” on TBS

TBS has been bumping up its comedy credentials in the last few years and looks to be the perfect new home to this underappreciated sitcom.

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The Most Famous Unknown Queen

Before she went down as the longest-reigning monarch in British history, Queen Victoria led a lonely, isolated life controlled by people scheming to use her in their quest for power. Victoria Rebels, the most recent young adult novel by Albuquerque author Carolyn Meyer, renders the repression Victoria endured as a child at the hands of her mother and an unyielding advisor.